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The Global Health Security Agenda

Decoding GHSA

In partnership with U.S. government sister agencies, other nations, international organizations, and public and private stakeholders, CDC seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority, to

  • Prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks – natural, accidental, or intentional;
  • Detect threats early to save lives;
  • Respond rapidly and effectively using multi-sectorial, international coordination and communication.

The U.S. will work with partner countries on nine specific objectives to prevent, detect, and effectively respond to infectious disease threats:


  1. Prevent the emergence and spread of antimicrobial drug resistant organisms and emerging zoonotic diseases, and strengthen international regulatory frameworks governing food safety.
  2. Promote national biosafety and biosecurity systems.
  3. Reduce the number and magnitude of infectious disease outbreaks.

Learn more about the prevention objectives.


  1. Launch, strengthen and link global networks for real-time biosurveillance.
  2. Strengthen the global norm of rapid, transparent reporting and sample sharing.
  3. Develop and deploy novel diagnostics and strengthen laboratory systems.
  4. Train and deploy an effective biosurveillance workforce.


  1. Develop an interconnected global network of Emergency Operations Centers and multi-sectoral response to biological incidents.
  2. Improve global access to medical and non-medical countermeasures during health emergencies.

Learn more about the response objectives.

  • Page last reviewed: November 16, 2015
  • Page last updated: November 16, 2015
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